History of Academic Dress
Like many universities in Australia, Macquarie University academic dress is based upon the Cambridge style of dress, originally designed for those graduating with a bachelor of arts at the University of Cambridge in the UK, and dating back to the 12th or 13th century.
Once worn daily at ancient universities in the UK, academic dress is thought to have been originally designed to prevent anyone from differentiating between the rich gentry and commoners based upon their clothing, helping all students attending the university feel equal. Today, universities such as Macquarie reserve the use of academic dress solely for use at graduations and other ceremonies.
Gown Regulations at MQ
Unlike Oxford style gowns, which are used at other Australian Universities (such as the University of Melbourne), Macquarie gowns are designed with open-slit sleeves at the bachelor and masters level. The sleeve of a bachelor gown is open at the ends and hangs down to your waist, while masters gowns have longer sleeves that end around the calf, with closed, crescent shaped ends.
PhD gowns at Macquarie are made from claret fabric, with claret lining in the sleeves and lapels (front facings), a claret hood and black PhD bonnet.
Mortarboard Regulations at MQ
Matte-black felt / wool mortarboards are required to be worn by all Bachelor and Masters graduates, while PhD graduates wear velvet black bonnets.
These are designed with an unfixed black tassel, which is moved from the left to the right when receiving your diploma. We are proud to be the official supplier to universities around Australia of our uniquely design flexible-fit mortarboards and adjustable bonnets. These are made with a foam-laminate cup, allowing the mortarboards to be flat-packed for storage, and spring into shape when removed from the packaging. This looks much better and provides for a much more secure fit than any other soft mortarboard on the market.
Hood Regulations at Macquarie
Unlike most Australian and UK universities Macquarie University uses a unique yellow backing for all its hoods with a gold lining, and coloured band around the outside of the cowl. Hoods are differentiated by faculty and level of study, rather than degree, with different colours bordering the cowl for each faculty.
We provide a large range of hoods for Macquarie bachelor and masters graduates, and work hard to ensure the colours and shapes used match the requirements of the university, so you won't look out of place. Please see below for a list of colours used for each degree, or take a look at the full university regulations.